Friday, February 27, 2009

Going Round in Circles

This week Vanessa sent the Daring Cardmakers off in a spin with her challenge to make our cards feature All Things Circular

"I want to see lots of circles, you can decide how you use them, whether it be the shape of your card or how you display circular elements within the design and thats it, nice and simple (I hope :-))."
A great chance to make one of those 3D flowers from punched circles that I made quite a few of a while back. The only ddecision left to make was which papers to use. I'm going through one of those phases where I don't like any of my paper stash so all the boxes end up off the shelves as I go through and dismiss all of 'em!
Well, it's not that I don't like any - it's more that I only like the ones that aren't suitable for what I have in mind so it amounts to the same thing really - I need new paper........;) ;)

In the end I chose one of the old Crate Paper collections "Baby Bee" and made this card

I chose the papers because of the lovely colours and because of all the circles in the designs.
I made the flower from circles punched from two papers, one plain the other with dots on (more circles, you see!). Some paper-curling and foam pads were used to get the shape and dimension, then I added a smaller card circle for the flower centre; covered it with Glossy Acents and added lots of little seed beads.

The centre panel of the background has wiggly edges because whilst I love the way the little flower shapes are arranged in circles I needed to "lose" the baby words that are part of the design - I quite like the wiggles though!
Among the papers is one with a pattern of squares with small blue circles in them - so I made the "ribbon" by punching circles from that and glueing them to a length of plain blue paper.
I suppose I could play "count the circles" with this one.....but I won't!

Lots of wonderful ideas for using circles for, and on cards over on the DCM blog today, so please pop over and have a look. As ever, we'd love it if you'd join in with our challenge, and we'd love to come round to your blog to see your own creations!

Tracy of online goodies shop Creative Treasures contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in doing some design team work using her newly re-launched flower kits.
Well, let me think a moment.....

So waiting here when we got back from our hols was a packet stuffed with fabulous flowers, ribbons and a few other bits and pieces in shades of dark red, cream and turquoise.
Keeping up the Circular theme for this blog entry, here's the first thing I made using this lovely flower kit

I used an empty choccie box saved from the Christmas before last (yes, I AM that bad for hoarding empty boxes!) but I knew it would come in handy one day. I removed the paper that was originally covering it to make sure I didn't run into the problem of the lid not fitting once more paper layers were added (been there, done that, lesson learned)
The sides of the box were then covered with some 7 Gypsies paper and dor the top I used the robo to cut a circle from Bazzill card. I can't cut a tidy circle even with a line to help me, so Mr Robo is my Best Friend at times like this! I also used him to cut the slightly smaller circles to make the book to go inside, and to cut the title for the book.
The beautiful organza ribbons are also in the kit. Originally I had ribbons on the BIA wires too but they looked a bit OTT so I've taken them off.
Not sure what I'm going to put in the book yet - maybe some favourite flower quotes would go well.
To get your hands on the March flower kit from Creative Treasures, check out Tracy's webshop - it's full of all manner of gorgeous goodies and little temptations!

All for now, I'm off now to make my cousin's birthday card - shame he's not a fisherman - he could have had last week's dcm card. Hmmmm he does like cricket though (I know, he's "sad") ....I wonder if I can unearth anything crickety or with (pardon my french) balls lol


tracy said...

love the card kathy,and that flower is fabby :)
well donew on the design team too......good luck with it,not that you'll need it with all your beautiful creations :)

Kaz said...

Those are both such pretty crafty bits Kathy.

Karen said...

Beautiful DCM card Kathy, lovely to see that type of flower again.

Now thats a good idea for a little box. I have loads that I have saved or have been given (empty :(). X

lisa said...

Lovely card Kathy, that flower is beautiful. I just love the beady centre.
lis x

Angelnorth said...

Lovely stuff, I like the wiggly edge too - necessity being the mother of creativity and all that! That flower kit is so you in terms of colours - great project with that!

Lythan said...

Congratulations on the work for Creative treasures. And I love the DCM card for this week too. You just can't go wrong with crate paper!

Hazel said...

Loving the results of your circular theme. Well done on getting the commission for Creative Treasures. x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Kathy. :) It doesn't matter how much paper I acquire, I always need more!! :)

Well done on the DT - fab use of a choccy box! :)


Enfys said...

Gorgeous Dt card, that flower is def. going in my file, so creative. Well done on getting the promo job, looking forward to seeing more creations like these

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

Loved the DT card Kathy - the centre of that flower is awesome.

Carol Ann said...

The first card is beautiful and that flower is awesome!

Maria Matter said...

Hey Kathy! Congrats on the DT!!!
Beautiful card and an awesome flower...I'll have to study that one a little closer!!!
Your box looks all you did with it!
Blessings, Maria

Creative Treasures said...

Wow Kathy, what a fantastic idea, i just love what you have done with those flowers around the edge of the book, its fabulous :)


Sylvie :) said...

Very beautiful creations Kathy ! Love the flower on the first card, and love the shape and the colors on the 2d one.

nutka1911 said...

This is beautiful flower!

Helen said...

Gorgeous! Love the flower you've made!
Helen x